49ers 2015 draft class
With the 17th pick of the first round, the 49ers selected defensive end Arik Armstead out of Oregon. In three seasons in Eugene, he collected 87 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. Head coach Jim Tomsula was excited about this addition to the defensive line, saying, "Where we’re strong, we’re just getting stronger, in my belief."
With the 46th overall pick, the 49ers selected safety Jaquiski Tartt. Tartt was a three-year starter at Samford and was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive player in all of Division I-FCS football.
The 49ers selected linebacker Eli Harold with the 79th overall pick in the third round. Harold finished his career at Virginia with 141 tackles, 17.5 sacks, two interceptions and four forced fumbles.
Starting off round 4
The 49ers used their first out of three picks in the fourth round on tight end Blake Bell from Oklahoma. The 117th overall pick played one year as a tight end and finished his career with 16 receptions for 214 yards and four touchdowns. Bell converted from quarterback to tight end, saying on a conference call on Saturday, "I’m feeling really comfortable...ever since I switched, I haven’t looked back. And I’m just excited about it."
Offense in round 4
The 49ers used their second selection of the fourth round on running back Mike Davis. In three seasons at South Carolina, Davis rushed for 2,440 yards and 22 touchdowns and caught 70 passes for 755 yards and two touchdowns. Davis was Marcus Lattimore's successor for the Gamecocks, saying on a conference call on Saturday, "You know, Latt was a great person and you know, I picked up a lot of things from Latt. "
Finishing off round 4
With their final selection in the fourth round, the 49ers selected DeAndre Smelter. The 132nd overall pick played wide receiver at Georgia Tech. In two seasons as a Yellow Jacket, he had 56 receptions for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns. Smelter enters the NFL rehabilitating from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, an injury he sustained in a late-season game against Georgia.
Surprise in round 5
With the 165th overall selection, the 49ers selected punter Bradley Pinion. The fifth-round pick averaged 41.1 yards with a 39.2 average on 140 punts in 34 games at Clemson.
The 49ers used the 190th pick of the 2015 NFL Draft on offensive lineman Ian Silberman. The sixth-round pick started all 12 regular-season games at Boston College at right tackle and earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference third-team honors last year.
With the 244th overall pick, the 49ers selected guard Trenton Brown out of Florida. The 6-foot-8, 355-pound, Brown played in 11 games and started six at guard last year at Florida.
The 49ers used the 254th overall selection on Rory "Busta" Anderson from South Carolina. The tight end started 19 games over four years for the Gamecocks. He finished his career with 61 catches for 954 yards and nine touchdowns.